Arsonists are suspected of being responsible for a fire which killed three dogs and caused substantial damage to a barn and its contents.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the blaze in Thorpe Road, Wardington, near Banbury, at about 9pm on Friday.

The barn contained straw, farm machinery and three sheep dogs, which died as the fire spread.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately. Anyone who has information should call Banbury CID on 08458 505505.